Introducing New Staff

I am the new second grade teacher here at Immanuel Mission School. I am from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. I used to think I lived in a small town, but then I moved here and realized I was wrong. I graduated from Liberty University in May 2012 with a dual endorsement in both elementary and special education. I have a love for children and I really want to do something to help them and to make a difference in their lives. In the winter of 2012, I had the opportunity to complete the elementary portion of my student teaching here at Immanuel Mission. During that time, I saw the great need that exists in this community and I realized what a wonderful ministry opportunity exists here. Shortly after leaving, John contacted me about returning to teach second grade the following year. This was a big decision for me because I felt like I left a piece of my heart at Immanuel Mission; and yet the fear of the unknown complicated things. I spent about a month prayerfully considering the opportunity and God gave me peace and assurance that this is where I was to go and serve.Now I have been teaching here for a whole marking period and I’m having the experience of a lifetime. I have eight precious students in my class and I couldn’t be enjoying them more! I am not only a teacher to these kids, but also a guidance counselor, a nurse, and a mom. It’s a large role to fill, but I love it! My favorite times of the day are Bible class and journal time. I love reading my students’ writing and it’s a great way for me to learn more about them. During Bible class, I really enjoy seeing the students’ reactions as I tell them Bible stories. For some of my students, these are stories they have never heard before. It is incredible to see the way God has put a desire in each child to want to learn more about Him and get to know Him better. Throughout this whole journey, I have seen the faithfulness of God. He has reassured me that this is where He has called me to go. One of my favorite quotes is, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” A verse that has been a real encouragement to me lately is Acts 20:24, “I don’t care about my own life. The most important thing is that I complete my mission, the work that the Lord Jesus gave me—to tell people the Good News about God’s grace.”

Julie Snyder